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Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very ha
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
...for a minute there, I’d thought I was going to have to save myself. Instead, I’d wandered into the protective care of a sexy older man.
It is easy to criticize the Orson Scott Cards of the world for their misogyny and hatred of women within novels, but the fact remains that the Bella Swans, the Luce Prices, the Bethany Churches of this world are written by female authors. It is a tragic, depressing fact, made more so that it feels like a betrayal of one's gender.

This is a fairytale, becaus
Emily May
Dec 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2014, young-adult
Allow me to summarize this book: Two extremely irritating and stupid teenage girls do stupid things to put themselves in danger and then the MC spends the rest of the novel somewhere between lusting after one of her captors and hoping to be saved by her ex who cheated on her. THE END.

So maybe I was asking for it because I hated Hush, Hush, but I was genuinely curious to see if/how Fitzpatrick's writing had improved and changed over the last few years. I believe in second chances... god help me.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
*exhales slowly*

This is officially the worst book I've read this year. I was skeptical going in, I haven't heard great things about this author's popular series, but I went in with an open mind ... Which quickly closed again because from page one this book was a nightmare.

Why I hated it?
- The plot is ridiculous. It has a bunch of twists and turns, sure, but they're of the headdesk variety. They don't feel clever, they just feel frustrating.
- The characters are so dumb. Oh my god. They were cons
Oct 20, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Don't you hate it that people haven't even read this book and are already judging it. Saying it's going to be bad. It's like seriously if your going to go in with a negative point of view why bother reading it at all? I hate reading reviews where people don't even want to give the book a chance they just want to bash it. Yeah I get it not all books are great and deserve praise but at least give it a chance before you bash it.

Jesse (JesseTheReader)

That was one entertaining ride!

Things the I loved:
- I liked the overall atmosphere/setting of this book. I know that the LAST place I would want to be stranded and taken hostage would be in the mountains when it's snowing. THAT WOULD BE THE ABSOLUTE WORST.
- Even though I thought the plot was a bit predictable at times, I still had several moments where I was SCREAMING at my book "WHO DO I TRUST? WHO'S THE BAD GUY? WHAT'S GOING ON HERE? WHO'S GOING TO DIE?".
- The ending was satisfy
Wendy Darling
This showed up on my doorstep unexpectedly, and I gave it a chance because I'd seen some surprisingly positive reactions among friends. I say "surprising" because I absolutely loathed Hush, Hush--suffice to say that years after reading it, I still don't know if there's a YA couple that I dislike more.

It's true that Black Ice is entertaining and kept my interest, more than most YA thrillers, though I'm admittedly hard on the genre in this age category. It's not unlike adult romantic thrillers yo
Christine Riccio
Entertaining at parts -- but to bogged down by long stretches of actionlessness and frustrating characters for me to enjoy it. Here's my booktalk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNDWr... ...more
Feb 25, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

I am sold. You better live up to my expectations.
Can't wait!
Kat Kennedy
read Black Ice with a lot of hopes. Hopes that Fitzpatrick was writing something brave and different, a departure from Hush, Hush which was a total abomination for me. Still, I was willing to give it a fair shot. Unfortunately, it seems Fitzpatrick has a formula that she refuses to veer from and that made this book every bit as painful as Hush, Hush was. And all the temptation that maybe Fitzpatrick was doing something brave and hard was washed away with every page I turned.

Black Ice is the sto
Jul 27, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-release
"Like Hush, Hush, the inspiration behind Black Ice comes from my own experiences during my teen years."

This sounds somewhat suspicious.
I'm going to warn you in advance that this isn't going to be a proper review - it's going to be a rant about all the reasons why I think this is the worst book I've attempted to read this year. This will include swearing and it'll probably include spoilers but since I only managed to force myself to read the first 91 pages I can't see that I'll be able to give away anything major. Either way you continue reading this at your own risk!

Let's start with the main characters. When I pick up a book to
Initial reaction: Allow me to direct your attention to part of the blurb that advertises this book and its respective premise:

"Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga."

Let me say that quite a bit of this respective blurb is not entirely accurate.

1. Danger is very easy to resist in this book, but you can't tell that to the characters here. In almost "Scary Movie" fashion, if you told the characters whethe
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And this, my friends, is why I give authors second chances. I am so glad that I decided to give Becca Fitzpatrick's work another go despite having abhorred her Hush, Hush series. I wouldn't go as far to say that Black Ice wasn't problematic, but despite it's issues it was a thrilling and relatively fast-paced read.

Black Ice is a mystery thriller with (surprisingly) no paranormal aspects at all. I originally believed that this was of the paranormal genre (beca
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it

This book entertained me and kept me guessing. I really enjoyed the mystery elements and how I could not trust anyone, but the book does have some flaws.

With this book, everything good that I like about it, there is something that I don't like so much.
I was very intrigued by the characters and their motives. I couldn't wait to find out the truth. However, the main character is a little vanilla. She did not have any qualities that made me really like her, she was just there. She also says/d
This was a really intense book. I loved it. It's one of the best books to come out this year.

Britt Pfeiffer is a 17-year-old girl who goes on a trip with her best friend, chaperoned by her best friend's brother and ex-boyfriend of hers. The two friends set out on a car but the weather gets out of hand and they are stranded alone in their vehicle with no connection to the outside world. They decide to seek out a cabin and stay warm otherwise they'll freeze to death. They find a cabin and they kno
Excellent book! I loved every minute of it!
Review To Come!!!
Rachel E. Carter

Oh man this one was hard. Why? Because I love survival stories. And Becca made me a believer. I really felt like I was out in the freezing cold (my favorite scene was the car up the mountain when it started to snow) -I literally was there. I have never felt so present in a survival story as that moment, and I give her 10 stars for that scene. Incredibly believable, and as someone who loves the mountains and fears being trapped in snow that was perfect. What sucked? No good side characters, grant
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aw, if Hush, Hush isn't enough, Becca went ahead and started a new series.

Becca, I'm still paralyzed with the fangirling and admiration for Patch. AND NOW I HAVE ANOTHER BOOK TO TAKE AWAY ANY TRACES OF MY NORMALCY THAT HUSH, HUSH MISSED TO TAKE AWAY?

I will not stand for this. I call for justice. It's wrong to hypnotize people with your writing.

Eh, oh well, it's not like I have a social life, anyways. I'm just gonna...you know...pop some popcorn, saddle into my bed, and turn pages of your new b
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own, audiobook
There is a lot I could complain about with this book, but I was still strangely entertained by it all. I also think the fact that it was an audiobook made me enjoy it more than if I had read a paper copy - the narrator was great and really brought the MC to life. As if she was telling me her story.

But man, the romance. *pokes out eyeballs*. First, I'm sorry but that was totally Stockholm Syndrome. Or at least it started that way, which creeped me out more than it made me swoon. This dude is forc
Rachel Reads Ravenously

DNF, this plot is ridiculous. A girl hiking in a snowstorm comes across 2 other hikers who happen to be serial killers and force her to guide them down the mountain? UGH.

Made it about 141 pages in. Sorry Becca Fitzpatrick, I loved your hush, hush series, but this ain't for me.
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
Black Ice was one my most anticipated books of 2014. I love the cover, I love the premise, I wanted to get my hands on it! When I finally did, I was so nervous to read it. I was hoping that this wouldn’t be a let down and I put this off. I’m very glad to say that this wasn’t a disappointment. I didn’t love it like I was hoping, but I really enjoyed it. I did have some issues with it, some characters drove me crazy, some parts bored me, some parts were predictable, but I was still entertained mos ...more
Sarah (saz101)
You know, I run hot and cold with Becca's books. I love/hate the Hush, Hush books. But it's not really a question, is it? Of COURSE I'm going to read this.

And if I wasn't convinced, this is what seals it: "BLACK ICE is gritty and frightening, twisty and sexy. There's a touch of paranormal. The stakes are high and there is a definite case of it's-not-what-it-seems going on..."

What I loved most about Hush, Hush (and missed in Crescendo), was the WTFery. The creepiness, the never quite knowing if N
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpe
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Black Ice is one of the most intense and suspenseful books that I have read so far this year. This book is just absolutely phenomenal. This is one of those books that is the DEFINITION of page turner!!!! I mean...just WOW... Black Ice is in a league of its own in the YA industry. It has it all...I mean there just aren't enough words to describe how incredible this book is! and that cover!!??? Seriously? It just portrays the image of danger and suspense.....

Britt Pfeiffer is one of those characte
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

This book is not for everyone. There are handful of moments that would make some readers uncomfortable, squirm on their seats and rage. I guess I read it with the right mindset.

In a nutshell Black Ice seems like another shoddy attempt at a mystery – thriller book, but I kid you not…this is actually a stellar standalone novel. Not everyone is going to love Black Ice while others will absolutely devour it. That’s a fact and a logi
Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, young-adult
I believe this is Becca Fitzpatrick's first mystery / thriller novel. Years ago, I'm excited to read this novel because I love her Hush Hush Saga. It's nice to see her venture from paranormal romance to mystery. To my disappointment, this book isn't impressive at all.

Timely, it's rainy here so that adds the chilling atmosphere. At first, I was drawn to the story it but as it progresses I started to lose my interest on it. The female lead, Britt Pheiffer is so annoying, naive and has the worst s
shre ♡
Dec 25, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
HOLY!!!!!!! I WAS NOT AWARE SHE WAS WRITING MORE BOOKS!! AHHHHH!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D
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Black Ice is a disturbing thriller about two girls kidnapped in the mountains. The setting was so cozy at first, but then it became the perfectly terrifying location for a survival story like this one. The main character is also likeable and super resourceful. I would recommend this book, but be warned, it is almost impossible to put it down.

It is hard to explain this book without giving away too much, but basically, Black Ice tells the story of two girls who are o
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Black Ice is a chilling thriller set in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. After reading Hush, Hush, the first book I’ve ever wanted to throw across the room, I thought I’d give Becca Fitzpatrick another chance in a different genre.

Black Ice had a thrilling, foreboding atmosphere, with Britt and Korbie hiking through the mountains in the dead of winter. With bears, blizzards, and a constant need to battle hunger, dehydration and
Natalie Monroe
May 21, 2014 marked it as morbidly-curious  ·  review of another edition
Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows sh
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Becca Fitzpatrick grew up reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden with a flashlight under the covers. She graduated college with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely prowling sale racks for reject shoes, running, or watching crime dramas on TV. She is the author of the bestselling HUSH, HUSH Saga. Her new book BLACK ICE arrives in book ...more

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“When was the last time you were kissed?" he went on easily. "And I'm not talking about the dry, noncommittal, meaningless kiss you forget about as soon as it's over."

I scrambled out of my stupor long enough to quip, "Like last night's kiss?"

He cocked an eyebrow. "That so? I wonder, then, why you moaned my name after you drifted to sleep."

"I did not!"

"If only I'd had a video recorder. When was the last time you were really kissed?" he repeated.

"You seriously think I'm going to tell you?"

"Your ex?" he guessed.

"And if he was?"

"Was it your ex who taught you to be ashamed and uncomfortable with intimacy? He took from you what he wanted, but never seemed to be around when you wanted something back, isn't that right? What do you want, Britt?" he asked me point-blank.
"Do you really want to pretend like last night never happened?"

"Whatever happened between me and Calvin isn't your business,” I fired back.

"For your information, he was a really great boyfriend. I-I wish I was with him right now!" I exclaimed untruthfully. My careless comment made him flinch, but he recovered quickly.

"Does he love you?"

"What?" I said, flustered.

"If you know him so well, it shouldn't be a hard question. Is he in love with you? Was he ever in love with you?"

I tossed my head back haughtily. "I know what you're doing. You're trying to cut him down because you're-you're jealous of him!"

"You're damn right I'm jealous,” he growled. "When I kiss a girl, I like to know she's thinking about me, not the fool who gave her up.”
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